Rick and Morty will return for a fourth season, and with new episodes coming our way, we can't help but look back at some of our favorite episodes. Yet, when doing so, we have to sit back and think about how awful of a person Rick (Justin Roiland) can be.
In fact, speaking from a moral perspective, he may be one of the worst characters we've ever seen. Still, despite all that, we love him, and we want to commemorate his most awful moments with a list. With that in mind, we've ranked the most awful things Rick Sanchez has ever done.
10 Manipulates His Daughter To Get A Divorce
From: "The Rickshank Redemption" (Season 3, Episode 1)
When Rick wants something, he gets it — so he set forth a series of events that would cause his daughter Beth's (Sarah Chalke) already rocky relationship to fall apart completely. He does this by putting Morty (Justin Roiland) and Summer (Spencer Grammer) in danger, causing Jerry (Chris Parnell) to give his wife an ultimatum. It's either Rick or him.
Beth chooses her father, and Jerry moves out. Later, Rick admits to Morty that he concocted this entire plan because Jerry "crossed" him. This all stems from an earlier episode where Rick was wanted by intergalactic police and Jerry wanted to turn him in. Well, it looks like that was a bad idea.
9 Abandons His Family
While there was never a full episode dedicated to it, we learn throughout the series that Rick disappeared at some point during Beth's childhood after his relationship with his wife deteriorated. While divorce or separation is pretty common, as a parent, he should have wanted to stay in his daughter's life.
Instead, he shows up years later when Beth has started a family, which had to be pretty traumatic for his daughter. We see throughout the show that Beth struggles with this abandonment, and it has an adverse effect on her relationship with Jerry.
8 Turns Himself Into A Pickle To Avoid Family Therapy
From: "Pickle Rick" (Season 3, Episode 3)
Considering the amount of damage Rick did to his daughter's family, you'd think he'd be a little more interested in trying to help them cope. Unfortunately, Rick isn't really a normal person. In fact, he believes therapy is useless, so he turns himself into a pickle just to get out of it. Sure, he ends up attending, as a pickle, but it's more reluctant.
Afterward, he convinces Beth to drop the kids off and go out drinking instead of handling her problems. Instead of taking the time to help mend a wound he is directly responsible for, he'd rather turn himself into a pickle because it's easier than admitting he's selfish and vindictive.
7 Uses Jerry As Bait For An Alien Monster
From: "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy" (Season 3, Episode 5)
After Jerry plots to kill Rick for ruining his family, Rick doesn't take it very well. Even though they're on an alien planet where dying is impossible, the sentiment behind Jerry's actions was enough to really get under Rick's skin.
So, he allows Jerry to be eaten by a giant snake to soak him in the monster's intestines, then rips him out and leaves him as bait for another, bigger monster to come along. Sure, Rick doesn't let Jerry die (it's impossible on this planet anyway), but he leaves Jerry to feel terrified, which is a psychological torment that's pretty messed up.
6 Sells Guns To A Hitman
From: "Mortynight Run" (Season 2, Episode 2)
So, it turns out when Rick's not jumping between dimensions and galaxies, he's selling weapons and Krombopulos Michael — an assassin — is Rick's number-one customer. We learn this when Rick makes a quick stop for delivery, and Krombopulos Michael explains to Morty in explicit detail about what Rick does.
Obviously mortified, Morty tries to explain to Rick that selling weapons is just as bad as murder, but Rick thinks Krombopulos Michael would still find a way to buy weapons anyway. Sure, that's probably the case, but it doesn't make his actions any less moral. To make matters worse, the only reason he made the arms deal was so he'd have some spending cash at an arcade.
5 Smuggles Seeds Inside His Grandson
From: "Pilot" (Season 1, Episode 1)
When Rick decides he needs "mega tree" seeds, he goes on an adventure to find them. He decides to jump to Dimension 35-C to find them, but he has to go through interdimensional customs to go back home. Unfortunately, these things aren't quite legal where he's from, so he convinces Morty to shove them up his nether region to get through security.
These are gigantic, ridged-looking things that are rock hard, so it isn't an easy or painless task. Sadly, interdimensional customs can still see the two are smuggling something, causing the two to try and run away. To make matters worse, the seeds then paralyze Morty.
4 Cronenbergs The World
From: "Rick Potion No. 9" (Season 1, Episode 6)
When Rick develops a potion to make Jessica (Kari Wahlgren) fall in love with Morty, things backfire. The potion's effects can be extremely contagious, causing the entire town to become viciously obsessed with the teenaged boy. To fix the problem, Rick creates another potion to dump on the population, and it works — but it backfires.
Sure, the town isn't in love with Morty anymore, but now they're horrible monsters. With nowhere else to go, Rick and Morty then jump to another dimension, leaving the old one behind. In this dimension, both of our heroes die, so the two quickly hide the bodies and slip back into their lives. When they return to the destroyed dimension, the world has turned into a Mad Max-style dystopia, where their family lives like tribal warriors.
3 Creates Multiple Bombs To Destroy Earth
From: "Pilot" (Season 1, Episode 1) & "The Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender" (Season 3, Episode 4)
So, Rick really hates the world. That's not new information, and we wouldn't be surprised to learn that's a pretty common belief among many people. Still, not many will go as far to create their own personal apocalypse bomb. That's what Rick did, however. He calls it the Neutrino Bomb, and in the very first episode, he gets heavily intoxicated and intends to drop it on Earth.
Morty talks him out of it, however, and we think everything is fine. Unfortunately, we learn several seasons later that Rick makes these pretty frequently, and it's up to Morty to defuse them — if they even work. We'd put this higher on the list, but since he's never really gone through with it, we can't place it much higher.
2 Creates/Exploits/Threatens To Destroy A Microverse
From: "The Ricks Must Be Crazy" (Season 2, Episode 6)
Rick doesn't rely on fossil fuel like us commoners. Instead, he runs his UFO on energy generated by a tiny universe who thinks Rick is God that he keeps in a box. Now, exploiting living beings for the equivalent of gas is pretty awful, but it gets even worse when he threatens to destroy everything when things stop going his way.
In fact, he holds that fact over the most intelligent being in this dimension, leaving him to realize he's nothing more than a tool. That's pretty messed up.
1 Wipes Morty's Memories
From: "Morty's Mind Blowers" (Season 3, Episode 8)
It turns out, whenever Rick does something embarrassing in front of Morty, he just wipes his memories and calls it a day. When Morty finds out, things could have been a lot worse, but since both lost their memories, it took much longer for both characters to figure out what was going on.
After a whole episode of issues reaching their boiling point, we learn that this is a pretty common occurrence, and Summer normally cleans up the mess.